Adrian Peterson wants to break Eric Dickerson's record and rush for 2500 yards

1/6/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Jan 5, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs the ball in the first quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY SportsThe phrase "the whole 9 yards" has a completely different meaning after Adrian Peterson's 2012 season.

9 yards.

That's all it would have taken for him to break Eric Dickerson's rushing record.

If he had broken just one more decent run at any point in the season, we would have crowned a new single-season rushing king.

Instead, Peterson came up a little bit short in his quest to rewrite the record books.

"It was a terrible feeling. I kind of figured I didn't break the record. I kind of assumed maybe I was 30-40 away from it. When I heard nine, my heart just sunk into my stomach. (There were) five, six, seven plays I was impatient or made the wrong read -- I could have blew it out the water."

Don't shed a tear for Peterson, though. He'll be back next year. He's already setting goals that stretch far beyond Dickerson's record:

"I want to try to set the ball higher than that. I want to make it the 2,500 club. It's definitely out there. I feel like it's definitely attainable. ... Enjoy this last year because the record's going down, with ease."

That's a rather lofty goal. But if there's anyone who can do it, it's definitely Peterson.

The Vikings have an extremely one-dimensional offense, and Peterson was pretty much their only option, particularly after Percy Harvin went down with an injury.

If he stays healthy, and the Vikings commit completely to the run, 2500 isn't completely out of reach.

Will it be difficult? Of course. But we haven't seen a runner quite like Peterson in... well... ever, maybe.

He has the moves to leave opponents grabbing at air, he has the power to run through players, and he has the top-end speed to break away from defenders trying to chase him down.

Will he get 2500 yards next year? Honestly, I don't think so. But don't tell him I said that.
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